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Mayim Bialik Unlikely to Return to ‘Jeopardy!’ This Year as She Stands With Writers & Actors During Strikes

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Choosing to stand with the ongoing union battles for Hollywood writers and actors (WGA and SAG-AFTRA), Jeopardy! host, Mayim Bialik will probably not be back on-air in her game show duties through 2023.

A source told The Messenger on Bialik’s status with the show: “She wasn’t fired. She’s choosing to stand with her union, and because of that, she was told it is unlikely she will return for the rest of the year, even if the strike is resolved before then.”

Previously, an official press release was issued by ABC the week of August 22nd where it revealed that Celebrity Jeopardy! will return for Season 2 on September 27th, Ken Jennings as the sole host, instead of Bialik.

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SAG-AFTRA’s National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (NetCode) that covers daytime soap operas also covers game shows. So, if Bialik wanted her job back at this point, she could cross the picket lines potentially without issue.

However, it should also be noted that syndicated Jeopardy! and ABC’s Celebrity Jeopardy! are both written by WGA members, further confounding the situation.

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Bialik exited Jeopardy! in its final week of taping season 39 in solidarity with the writers, which left Ken Jennings to take over the role.  She had stepped away from hosting Celebrity Jeopardy! to avoid crossing picket lines, since Mayim is also a noted actress from her days on The Big Bang Theory and other TV and film roles.

So, what do you think of Mayim’s decision to stay away from Jeopardy! till the Hollywood union strikes reach some resolution? Do you think they will ultimately have her back when the strikes end? Comment below.

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I respect her support of the unions. She should be admired for doing so. What happens with Jeopardy is a big question mark, since we don’t know how long the strikes will last and things can change. But I’m hoping it’s her choice to go back or not.

Good for her

Good because she is awful at hosting. It’s painful to watch.

Then don’t do anything painful and don’t watch

I’m very sorry to hear this. I love Mayim and really enjoy her hosting Jeopardy. That said, I respect her decision to stand in solidarity with the striking unions. I hope the strikes end soon so that everyone can get back to the work they love.

I agree and also enjoy her hosting. She has a charm, ease, and sense of humor that Ken still has to force. Of course, he’s not a seasoned performer yet so he gets some slack. I like having them both and agree about the strike decision.

That is fine with me. Prefer Ken

I respect her wish to honor the picket line. But truthfully I don’t miss her as host. She should stick to acting because she is a terrible host.


I agree with Moto62 keep her off for good. I don’t watch the show when she is host.

Me either

She is a stone at the podium. Very little personalization with the contestants. I too watch very little when she hosts. Not good at all.

I will watch because I love the show. But every time she hosts it is cringeworthy for me. I will not miss her as host.

I hope she is never on Jeopardy again!

Shes the worst jeopardy host ever and im old enough to have seen them all.liked her on big bang but terrible onthis one,so whatever got her off the show im in favor of.kens great

I understand her decision, but she should be replaced. If I walked off in strike at my job, I would be replaced!

Keep her off, Ken is much better

No she had a responsibility to jeopardy. No she should be fired. Ken Jennings is more like Alex trebec. Whole lot handson to look at. He does a excellent job.

Am delighted she’s leaving. I refuse to watch the show when she’s there.

Happiest day I’ve had in a long time!!

I don’t think she should have her job available anymore. Frankly I don’t believe she ever was fully committed to the show.

I enjoyed her as a host. Political crap just kills me, though

Sad to see so many anti-union comments here. She should be applauded for her stand.

Glad to see her go.

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Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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Brandon shared three adorable photos of the newest addition to his family accompanied by the words: “Joaquin Lee Barash arrived on the planet on 9.15.23. A mighty name for a mighty boy…to honor my (departed but never gone) father, Jerry Lee Barash, as well as my wife’s Hispanic heritage. We. Are. Smitten…and forever changed. Through your birth, lil man, we are reborn. Our family is mightier, our ocean of love runs deeper and more fierce. School’s back in session.”

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